"These elections deserve good grades. They were not perfect, but quite acceptable and generally in line with international standards," Mariani said.
He also recalled that the Ukrainian elections were observed by 56 EU parliamentarians and experts from 14 European countries. 36 of them are the current MPs or senators.
"Majority of the international observers arrived last week, so we cannot comment on the campaign. On the election day, observers worked in 28 constituencies, watching the election and counting process at more than 300 polling stations in Kyiv, Kyiv region, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Poltava, Vinnytsia and Khmelnitsky," he said.
According to the observer, there were single cases of minor organizational problems.
"Access to polling stations was free and without restrictions. Sometimes entrance was inconvenient for older people. We were really surprised at the number of local observers. Number of ballots was sufficient, and the vote was secret. PECs were adequately staffed and volunteers - well-prepared. The counting process, which we are witnessing, was open and transparent with the correct access and control on the part of the opposition parties and observers," Mariani said.
In addition, commenting on the results of exit polls, the EU observer noted his concern with the fact of the All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom" entering the Parliament as it has an anti-Semitic program. He also said that the EU will assess the elections in Ukraine as a whole, and not through the prism of the criminal cases of opposition leaders.
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